This book made me think. I have been the girl in the corner my whole life, less-confident, insecure, fearful. The story kept me awake practically the whole night; deeper introspection has led to the conclusion that I am probably coming into my own trying to do new things, but there are still some things I need to change or accept.
I call author Amanda Prowse the Queen of Emotions, and she has struck again bringing to life another topic which many of us have seen – infidelity. Ms Prowse’s ability to wrench emotions out of a cold heart is breathtaking. I managed to feel the same anger which the main character Rae feels after the confession from her infidel husband.
I liked the way Rae went on a trip to Antigua to get some sanity from the claustrophobic situation at home. But her sister-in-law/best friend Dolly accompanied her, followed by her husband. And that led to my niggles…
Rae didn’t really find her inner self till the very end. And I wished she had expressed herself clearly for once, she modified her life for everyone pushing her ambitions deep down till the last few pages.
A woman is strong and dynamic. And with a topic like infidelity, there has to be a counter emotion shown where she finds her own voice. I believe a woman can be in the corner but yet her voice can reach all corners of the earth. We women are that powerful!!
I loved the book for the story, but I wanted it to be more empowering, shining its sparkling rays on me, inspiring me. I liked the book spoke about forgiveness which is difficult in these cases, but it didn’t feel real, it came from a place of thankfulness during a crisis.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, and it left me examining my own life…
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Everyone knows Amanda Prowse and her books, so I thought I should answer her questions at the end of the story.
Character I identified with
The main character Rae to some extent due to being in the background for most of my life but not in the aspect of forgiveness. I don’t think I can forgive infidelity.
Advice to the main character
Fly away, discover yourself. After 25 years of marriage with kids having their own lives, it was her time to discover herself and do what she wanted to cook, travel, backpack. See the world and see herself in a new light.
Best friend Dolly and her role in the book
Though Dolly brought fun bits, I didn’t like her. She was too overpowering and she didn’t allow her best friend to breathe. Friendship is about space and acceptance and being a listening ear even when it is against family. So I don’t believe Dolly was a good friend.
Identify with the book & message for all women
Certain aspects of Rae resonated with me, as I have been scared and uncertain practically my whole life. And like her, I am learning to discover myself
Message would be to live life completely, being honest to oneself, doing what the heart desires to express one’s inner passions
Things Rae should have done differently
Taken time off to spend with herself, only when she feels whole can she forgive. Only when she grieves completely, can she forgive. Being thankful for the husband being a support is nice, but that’s not forgiveness.
One can keep others happy when one is happy!!